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Old 10-29-2017, 10:25 PM   #1
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My hood no longer shuts correctly. At one point on a cold winter day it would not shut. After a few hard shuts of the hood it finally caught and stayed latched. Since that day the hood has rattled. It stays securely latched, but has about 1mm of play up and down and every bump causes it to rattle.

I don't know why i've dealt with this so long. It has been an entire summer of being annoying and loud. I kept thinking that it would self-heal somehow. Again: I have no idea why I would think of such a thing.

Can this latch be adjusted? Is it just busted? I've never had a hood latch have a problem in any vehicle I have owned.

vehicle: 2009 2.5i impreza 5 door.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:36 AM   #2
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I would lube the latch, I prefer FluidFilm, but even other oil works.
When closed, is the hood even with the fender tops, higher or lower?
There should be round rubber adjusters on the top of the radiator bulkhead. These are "threaded" so the hood is even with the fender tops. They may have settled and the hood sits low so it rattles.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:17 AM   #3
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lubed the hell out of the latch many times. hood does appear to sit a bit lower than the fenders... i'll check your suggestion about the rubber adjusters. I didn't realize they were threaded.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:48 AM   #4
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Don't forget to check the hood latch itself and make sure it is tightly secured
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:32 PM   #5
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adjusted the rubber stoppers up to their highest position. when adjusted properly, how much "play" should their be in the hood? it doesn't lift up, but i am able to push the hood down a bit (the stoppers then push the hood back up).
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Old 11-11-2017, 12:37 AM   #6
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The bumpers have a little give to them, but the hood should not be floppy. Get the hood to sit level with the fenders when latched and rejoice.
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Old 11-13-2017, 09:30 AM   #7
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My hood no longer shuts correctly. At one point on a cold winter day it would not shut. After a few hard shuts of the hood it finally caught and stayed latched.
Have you lubed the latch as was earlier suggested. Typically when the hood will not latch easily like it is supposed to, a good lube of the latch solves the problem. The latching mechanism could be stuck.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:08 PM   #8
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This is unbelievable. I just had the hood up on my friend’s 07 OB getting ready to replace timing belt and WP. Have had the hood up many times over the past 5 years including several times last week when I was doing routine service. Dropped the hood and the lock would not engage. Doesn’t look like the latch or striker have shifted. After some fiddling and WD40, I got it to lock. Popped her open again and had the same problem. On my case it seems like the striker isn’t going down enough the trip the cam lock. I’m going to add a washer or two to lower the striker. In the meantime, any other suggestions?
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:46 PM   #9
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Clean the latching mechanism and use a dry-lubricant thereafter.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:00 AM   #10
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I prefer to use something thicker than a dry lubricant. Dry lubricants are fine, but I find on door hinges, etc., they just don't last long enough.

At a minimum, I would use a white grease.
What I actually use now is some marine bearing grease.
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